Music Theory Syllabus

Music Theory Syllabus

Course Description: 

The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop knowledge of basic music structures and elements and their uses in varied music styles and genres. The content should include, but not be limited to, the following:

-rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic notation
-ear training
-sight reading
-composition, arranging, and improvisation
-harmonic structure
-analysis of compositional structure and form
-influence of history and culture

Students enrolled in Advanced Placement Music Theory will take the AP exam in the spring as administered by the College Board.  Students who score high enough on that exam will be recommended to receive college credit. 

Materials Needed: 

Pencils, pens, 2 spiral notebooks, folder to keep materials organized, notebook paper, manuscript paper

Grading Scale: 

This course will be grades according to Wekiva High School and Orange County Public School standards.  As such, the grading scale is as follows: 

A=90% to 100%




F=59% and Below 

Grading Categories: 

There are several types of assignments that students will be expected to complete.  Some of these assignments include: 


Students will be awarded points each day for participation.  Points will be awarded for students who ask and answer questions in class discussions and stay on task. 


Students will receive homework assignments somewhat regularly.  Most of these are brief.  However, they are due at the beginning of class on the due date.  There is no credit given for late work unless the student is absent on the day the assignment is given or turned in.   


Classwork must be turned in during class on the day that it is assigned unless the teacher says otherwise. 

Tests and Quizzes: 

There will be several unit and cumulative tests and quizzes to be given on the material covered.  There will also be cumulative exams at the end of each nine weeks. 


Students will be given writing prompts.  They must write responses to these prompts in their spiral notebooks and turned in.  These prompts will concern a variety of music-related topics. 


Students who are absent are responsible for asking for assignments that he or she has missed.  The school's policies on absences are available in the student code of conduct and the student planner. 

Classroom Rules:

There are merely two rules for this classroom.  By signing this syllabus, you agree to the following:

·       "I will arrive on time, ready to learn, every day."

·       "I will show respect to my teacher, my classmates, and myself at all times."